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A Glossary of Terms
Simple definitions of these parts of the brain

From: Learn Faster & Remember More

  • Acetylcholine A neurotransmitter that plays an important role in attention, learning, and memory.

  • Amygdala Part of the limbic system always alert to threats.

  • Axon The long branch of a nerve cell that transmits information to other cells.

  • Conditioning A learned response to a stimulus that always precedes an event, as if the stimulus were the event itself.

  • Cortex The wrinkled layers of cells covering the surface of the brain, sometimes called gray matter.

  • Declarative Memory The conscious recollection of facts and events; also called explicit memory.

  • Dendrite A branch of a nerve cell that receives information from other cells.

  • Dopamine A “pleasure” neurotransmitter that plays a central role in the brain’s internal reward system.

  • Episodic Memory Conscious memory for what happened, where. Sometimes called “autobiographical memory.”

  • Frontal Lobes The most recently evolved section of the brain, used for conscious planning, problem solving, and control of emotion.

  • Glutamate A neurotransmitter that plays a central role in creating learning and memory pathways between brain cells.

  • Gray matter See cortex.

  • Habituation An unconscious form of learning by which our brain learns to ignore a repeatedly-applied stimulus once it has been categorized as non-threatening.

  • Hippocampus A part of the limbic system crucial for creating and accessing long-term memories.

  • Limbic System A collection of structures that play important roles in emotion, memory, and attention.

  • Long-term Potentiation The process underlying learning and memory by which one brain cell becomes sensitive to stimulation from a neighbor cell.

  • Myelin The insulation surrounding a brain cell’s axon.

  • Neurogenesis The production of new brain cells.

  • Neuron A nerve cell, or cell in the nervous system (which includes the brain). Often used interchangeably with brain cell.

  • Neurotransmitter A chemical messenger that brain cells use to communicate with one another.

  • Nondeclarative Memory Unconscious forms of memory and learning that influence behavior without our being aware of it. Also called implicit memory.

  • Priming A form of subliminal memory in which one piece of information can cue recall of another.

  • Procedural Memory Automatic memory for skills and habits, such as how to ride a bike or sign one’s name; also “muscle memory.”

  • Serotonin A “feel-good” neurotransmitter linked to mood, raised by antidepressants such as Prozac.

  • Subliminal Below the level of consciousness

  • Synapse The tiny gap between brain cells across which neurotransmitter chemicals convey messages.

  • White Matter The part of the brain beneath the cortex that consists mostly of brain cell axons sheathed in myelin.

  • Working Memory A short-term memory system for holding information “online” and manipulating it to solve problems.

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